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The Boy Who Loved Math

The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős
Heiligman, Deborah (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Growing up in Hungary during WWI, Erdos tried school but chafed at the rules and convinced his mother that he should study at home. He was fascinated by numbers from an early age, and by the time he was 20, he was known as The Magician from Budapest. Unable to do common tasks such as cooking, laundry, or driving, he spent his adult life flying around the world, staying with other mathematicians, and working collaboratively on challenging math problems.
Authors: Heiligman, Deborah
Statement of Responsibility: by Deborah Heiligman ; pictures by LeUyen Pham
Title: The boy who loved math
the improbable life of Paul Erdős
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 37 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Growing up in Hungary during WWI, Erdos tried school but chafed at the rules and convinced his mother that he should study at home. He was fascinated by numbers from an early age, and by the time he was 20, he was known as The Magician from Budapest. Unable to do common tasks such as cooking, laundry, or driving, he spent his adult life flying around the world, staying with other mathematicians, and working collaboratively on challenging math problems.
Audience: 3-8
Subject Headings: Erdős, Paul, 1913-1996 Juvenile literature Mathematicians Hungary Biography Juvenile literature Erdős, Paul, 1913-1996 Mathematicians Hungary Biography
Genre/Form: Picture books for children
Topical Term: Mathematicians
Mathematicians
Additional Contributors: Pham, LeUyen
LCCN: 2012029744
ISBN: 9781596433076
1596433078
Branch Call Number: J B Erdos H
Research Call Number: JFF 14-35
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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Awkward outsider Paul Erdős wasn't too good at taking care of himself. But with the help of great friends and his generous spirit Paul became one of the most influential mathematicians of his time. Complex illustrations show us the world as Paul saw it - with math everywhere!

Awkward outsider Paul Erdős wasn't too good at taking care of himself. But with the help of great friends and his generous spirit Paul became one of the most influential mathematicians of his time. Complex illustrations show us the world as Paul saw it - with math everywhere!


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Awkward outsider Paul Erdős wasn't too good at taking care of himself. But with the help of great friends and his generous spirit Paul became one of the most influential mathematicians of his time. Complex illustrations show us the world as Paul saw it - with math everywhere!

Jul 20, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Prior to reading this book I would have doubted a person could conceivably make an engaging biography chock full to overflowing with mathematical concepts. Now I can only stare in amazement at a story that could conceivably make a kid wonder about how neat everything from Euler’s map of Konigsburg to the Szekeres Snark is. This is one bio you do NOT want to miss. A stunner from start to finish.

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Jul 20, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 20, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For you see, there once was a boy who loved math. His name was Paul and he lived in Budapest, Hungary in 1913. As a child, Paul adored numbers, and theorems, and patterns, and tricky ideas like prime numbers. As he got older he grew to be the kind of guy who wanted to do math all the time! Paul was a great guy and a genius and folks loved having him over, but he was utterly incapable of taking care of himself. Fortunately, he didn’t have to. Folks would take care of Paul and in exchange he would bring mathematicians together. The result of these meetings was great strides in number theory, combinatorics, the probabilistic method, set theory, and more! Until the end of this days (when he died in a math meeting) Paul loved what he did and he loved the people he worked with. “Numbers and people were his best friends. Paul Erdős had no problem with that.”

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